Honda Contribution to the Mid-Size SUV Market

March 14, 2019

Honda Contribution to the Mid-Size SUV Market

The 2019 Honda Passport is the car company’s mid-size SUV; one that features better-than-ever off-road ability, cunning storage compartments and plenty of passenger space. The Passport is a taller, shorter Honda Pilot, making it perfect for people who want an SUV, as long as it’s not too big. 

Honda designed the 2019 Passport as a two-row, five-passenger midsize SUV. The car company is offering the Passport in four trim levels. These are the Sport, EX-L, Touring, and the Elite. Each one is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The SUV comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is the standard drivetrain for the Sport, EX-L, and Touring. The Elite model comes with all-wheel drive, but buyers can upgrade the lower trim levels with all-wheel drive if they want or need to. 

The front-wheel drive model gets 20 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway. Car buyers who purchase an all-wheel drive edition will have an SUV that gets 19 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway. Honda gave the Passport the towing ability of 3,500 pounds, but buyers can add an optional towing package to the vehicle and increase the towing capacity to 5,000 pounds. 

Standard features include 20-inch wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, LED headlights and keyless access and ignition. The vehicle also comes with safety gear like forward collision warning, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. 

Depending on the trim, different drive modes are available with the vehicle. These modes include mud and snow, giving drivers access to features like torque splitting, which changes the distribution of power for greater control. 

When it comes to technology, Honda is equipping the Passport with Bluetooth, a seven-speaker audio system,hon and a 5-inch central display. Buyers can purchase a higher-level trim and get features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in addition to USB ports and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. 

The Passport handles well on the road. During a test drive, car buyers are sure to notice how secure and stable it feels. Acceleration is good, and the nine-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Honda gave the Passport comfortable seats and a supportive suspension. The Passport’s interior is spacious, and it has soft-touch surfaces. With 41.2 cubic feet of cargo room behind the backseats, the SUV has plenty of space to transport anything from groceries to small furniture. Honda is expected to price the SUV at around $30,000, making it an attractive vehicle to own. 

The 2019 Honda Passport is appealing both inside and out. Those who choose to test drive the SUV are likely to purchase it, and they’ll do so without a lick of buyer’s remorse. 

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